Santa Ponsa (or Santa Ponca) today bears little resemblance to the fishing village it once was. Just under 30 minutes from Palma and about three miles away from Magaluf on the south west coast, Santa Ponsa is a popular Majorcan holiday resort. It is highly developed and tends to be lively and busy, with an active nightlife and excellent beach. It is also a popular area for ex pats to choose to live.
Santa Ponsa is the main beach, while the more sheltered Calo d'en Pellicer is slightly smaller and closer to the marine club. The third, more exclusive beach is Castellot. The water at all three beaches is warm and clear, and offers safe swimming. A pedestrian promenade, with shade provided by pine trees, runs in front of the Santa Ponsa beach and there are the usual beachfront restaurants, bars, shops and cafés. Over the years, Santa Ponsa has developed a Celtic flavour, with a number of Scottish and Irish themed pubs and bars, but it remains popular with a range of visitors.
There is plenty to keep holidaymakers amused and occupied when stepping off the beach. Santa Ponsa boasts three golf courses, as well as tennis, watersports, diving, horse riding, and sports grounds for skateboarding and football. There are regular bus services to neighbouring towns and resorts, and excursions to local attractions.
There is a varied nightlife at the resort, with karaoke bars, theme pubs, live music venues and several disco bars. Although nowhere on the same scale as Palma or Magaluf, there is still a lot on offer besides hotel entertainment. There are a large number of different restaurants offering local cuisine, Indian, Chinese, Italian and more.
Santa Ponsa has a number of supermarkets, a good choice of souvenir shops, stalls, some designer goods and jewellery stores. A better shopping selection is available in Palma and the closest weekly market takes place on Wednesdays in Andratx.
Santa Ponsa is approximately a 40 minute transfer from the airport